by David Fatzinger
It was a cold, windy, and rainy night at the Frank Constantino Sports Complex at Depew High School in Depew NY as the 5-1 Wildcats played host to the 3-3 Lancaster Redskins. This battle dates back to 1919 and is sure to be a defensive slugfest given the worsening playing conditions.
The game between the Wildcats and Redskins marked the end to a week of activities around this game. Both schools had large bonfires earlier in the week, powder puff games, student caravans through the streets of Lancaster and Depew and big pep rallies. Despite the adverse weather conditions, the stands were full and the crowd eager for kick-off.
Nate Epolitio caused a fumble for Depew on the first defensive play, with Chris Twaragowski returning the ball for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Depew quickly took at 7-0 lead.
Lancaster punted the ball to begin the second quarter, then Aaron Ertel of Depew shot a 55-yard pass to Brian Rybak, bringing Depew to the Lancaster 25-yard-line. Joe Miller ran a 22-yard touchdown but the Wildcats missed the extra. A missed field goal attempt by Depew at the end of the second quarter left them taking a 13-0 lead into half-time.
Depew linebacker Matt Frankowski forced fumble in the third quarter, recovered by defensive end Dominic Tortorice on the Lancaster 23. An 8-yard touchdown run by Joe Miller and a successful extra point attempt made the score 20-0 Depew with 3:45 left in the quarter.
Lancaster finally scores with 52.8 seconds left in the game on a 49-yard touchdown pass. The Redskins missed the extra point and the score was 20-6. Lancaster makes a last-minute run for it when they recovered an onside kick, and quarterback Ryan Radke ran for a 7-yard touchdown. The extra cuts Depews lead to 20-13 with 26.7 seconds left.
Depew, however, managed to recover an onside kick attempt to seal the victory 20-13.
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- Depew – 2011